The Queer Issue
The Comprehensive, Unabridged, and Completely Indispensable Guide to Everything a Queer Person Needs to Know About Queer History from the Dawn of Humanity to the Present
The Queer Issue
- Everything You Need to Know About the Gays
- 100,000 BC-1968: What You Need to Know
- 1969: Stonewall Riots
- Chris Crocker's Video Message for Seattle Homos
- 1970: The Boys in the Band
- 1971: Ex-Gays in the New York Times
- 1972: Jesse Helms
- 1973: We're Not Crazy
- 1974: First Anti-Gay Christian Group
- 1975: Gay Man Saves President's Life
- 1976: Vatican Condemns Queers
- 1977: A Chorus Line
- 1978: Harvey Milk
- 1979: The Moral Majority
- 1980: Nothing Happened
- 1981: GRID
- 1982 Part 1: Donna Summer
- 1982 Part 2: David Leavitt
- 1983: San Francisco Closes the Baths
- 1984: The Smiths
- 1985: Rock Hudson
- 1986: Bowers v. Hardwick
- 1987: ACT UP Founded
- 1988: Divine
- 1989: World's First Gay Marriage
- 1990: Outing
- 1991: Michigan Womyn's Music Festival
- 1992: Bill Clinton
- 1993 Part 1: Brandon Teena
- The Dyke March
- 1994: Bill Clinton and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
- 1995: Sleater-Kinney
- 1996: The Plague Ends
- 1997: Ellen Comes Out
- 1998: Two Gay Men Arrested in Texas
- 1999: Magnetic Fields
- 2000: StopDrLaura.com
- 2001: Islamic Terrorism
- 2002: Same-Sex Wedding Announcements
- 2003: Lawrence v. Texas
- 2004: Same-Sex Marriage Comes to the U.S.
- 2005: Bears
- 2006: Washington State Supreme Court
- 2007: A Very Good Year
- Pride Guide and Calendar
- The Stranger's Post-Pride-Parade Pub Crawl!
The problem is as follows: Gay people, since forever, have mostly been born into straight families.
Heterosexual procreation is great and all—thanks, mom and dad—but heterosexuals tend to be better at making gay babies than raising them. Even if a hetero couple is thrilled to have made a gay, they're not likely to regale their son or daughter with tales of Stonewall, or what the baths in San Francisco used to be like before they were closed, or why the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival is so important, or why Brandon Teena should be remembered.
Every queer person has to figure all of this out on his or her own. Some do, but a lot don't, especially now, when being gay seems to require less and less explanation—to oneself and to the culture at large.
But really, homos. Even if the bad old days are receding, there's no excuse for gay cultural illiteracy. Being a modern gay doesn't have to equal being a stupid faggot, or a dumb dyke, someone with no sense of what produced this particular queer moment.
We sympathize. Biology doesn't make it easy to pass on gay cultural knowledge through the family structure. But that's where other queers—smart, savvy queers, who remember and read and give a fuck—come in. For this, our comprehensive history of gay life from Homo erectus to homo-internet-addictus, The Stranger assembled a group of such queers. Read on, and they'll tell you everything you need to know to avoid being homo ignoramus.